Thursday, February 28, 2013

Athens for Children


If you are planing to visit Athens with your family, then there are a number of attractions for children that you might consider visiting. We'll start with a list of playgrounds in the center of the city.




Playgrounds


Athens Playgrounds Map


National Park Playground

This playground is located withing the National Park of Athens. The big trees of the park shadows the playground providing a safe heaven for children during the hot days of the summer. The park is located in the center of Athens. Nearby is the Syntagma Square.


 
National Garden Park

Zappio playground

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This playground has a big jumper mast net for children, and a wooden structure with climbing ladders, ropes, and slides. This playground is a few minutes by foot from the Panathenaic Stadium and the National Garden.

 
Zapio Playground

Thisio Playground

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This is a small playground on Apostolou Pavlou pedestrian street. Although it is quite small, this playground has a view on the Acropolis. If you walk further up the Apostolou Pavlou Street from the Thisio Metro Station, you reach the main entrance to the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum.

 
Thisio Playground

Volta Fun Park - Faliro

www.voltafunpark.gr

This is one of the Flisvo Marina attraction in Palio Faliro. There is an entrance fee of 5 euros to the inflatable castles. The access for children to the playground area is controlled, so you can sit calmly and enjoy a coffee while your kids are playing. The Fun Park also contains an artificial pond with small swan boats, a trampoline area and a small track with electrical cart cars.

Marina FlisvoThis is ideal for the weekend. Indeed the marina with the luxurious boats and yachts, it's coffee shops and restaurants makes this place a pleasant destination for both parents and children.

More on Flisvo Marina at the following link.


 
Volta Fun Park

Flisvo Park Playgrounds

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Nearby the Marina Flisvo, there is a park with a two major playgrounds. The number of play structures available in these playgrounds is big. There is also a coffee shop nearby with a playground, it has less equipment but is convenable for parents who want to have a drink while keeping an eye on their kids.

 
Flisvo Park Playgrounds

Alsos Neas Zmirnis

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At the center of the park there is a coffee shop and children playgrounds. The high trees provides shade, which makes this place very popular for among the residents of the area, specially in summer time. Also, the park has one jogging path that makes a 840m (2756ft) loop with a slight elevation range.

 
Alsos Neas Zmirnis Playground

Andrea Papandreou Park

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This park with a modern landscape design is located in the Northern suburbs of Athens. It offers for young cyclists short tracks to enjoy off-road access and to work on their skills. The playground has multiple play structures and masts and a coffee shop. However, it lacks of big trees and shade during hot summer days.

 
Andrea Papandreou Playground


Athens Things to do with Kids


Eugenides Foundation

> www.eugenfound.edu.gr

The main attraction at the Eugenides Foundation is the planetarium. With it’s dome of 25 meters and 280-seat capacity, it is one of the largest and best equipped planetariums in the world.


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Attica Zoological Park

www.atticapark.com

This is an ideal destination for on a one day excursion in weekends. It is located near Spata which is about one hour drive from the center of Athens. There, you will find in a 20 hectares area a big variety of animals including birds, bears, monkeys, lions, reptiles and dolphins, making it an ideal place for children and for photography. Read more at the following link: A day at the Attica Zoological Park


Allou Fun Park

www.allou.gr

This is a large amusement park in the southern suburbs of Athens. It consists of two separate areas: The first is called Allou Kidom and is intended for small kids. The second area with the consists of attractions for both the adults and children.


Foundation of the Hellenic World

www.hellenic-cosmos.gr

This is a cultural center where you can experience the Hellenic history and culture through interactive exhibitions and virtual reality tours. Special educational programs for children between 5 and 12 years old, are held every Sunday at the center.



Stavros Niarxos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)

www.snccf.org

The complex in the southern suburbs of Athens comprises of a 210,000 m² Park, and new facilities for the National Library of Greece, and the Greek National Opera. The park is a great place for children with green spaces which includes a sports and leisure park. Every month a program with events such as exhibitions and concerts is published. A lot of these event are dedicated for children, like the sailing event in the canal. The full program can be accessed at EVENTS AT THE SNFCC foundation web page.


Onasis Cultural Center

www.sgt.gr

Among the numerous programs and events of the Onasis Cultural center, some are dedicated for the youth. When available, the programs and workshops for children are announced at center web site at the following link: Youth and Family Programs.


Hellenic Children Museum 

www.hcm.gr

The museum organizes during the weekend different workshops for children from 1 to 12 years old. The list of activities can be found at the following link and are subject to a participation fee. The site is currently available in Greek only but an English version is been announced for soon.

Aside the organized activities, the museum is composed of different rooms with dedicated subjects where the children can learn and play. There is a supermarket space where kids play buying different food and vegetables products. Another room is dedicated to construction, where the kids are invited to repair a reduced model house with different DIY tools. Some of the rooms contain books and different instructive games. Animators and educators are present in every space to accompany your kids in a world of adventure and discovery. Entrance to the museum is free.


Village Cinema

www.villagecinemas.gr

Within the large selection of movies played at the Village Cinemas, there is always some dedicated to children. There are six centers of Village Cinemas across Athens and one summer open air cinema at the Zappion  Park.


Museum of Greek Children's Art

www.childrensartmuseum.gr

The museum original approach is to exhibit artwork of children aged between 5 and 14 years. The museum offers multiple art workshops for children which are held in Greek language only. Workshop duration vary from 8 months to 2 hours.


Playmobil Fun Park

playmobil-gr

The Playmobil® Fun Park moved recently to a new location in northern suburbs of Athens. The brand new space is very well organized with tables for the parents to sit, and watch their children, while consuming snacks and beverages from the self service cafeteria. The Playmobil® Fun Park is a space with all kind, if not all Playmobil® toys. This is the occasion for your kid to play with one of his favorite themes: Dinos, Future Planet or Knights for boys, and Princess Fantasy Castle for girls. On your way out, the Playmobil® store allows you to purchase one of the toys.


Toy Stores


Kaliviotis Lego Shop

location on Google maps

This store is specialized in Lego systems.


Imaginarium

www.imaginarium.gr

Moustakas

www.moustakastoys.gr

Jumbo

www.jumbo.gr

Public

www.public.gr

The multi-store at Syntagma Square in the center of Athens, has a whole roof dedicated for children toys.



Puzzle World

Omirou 27, 10672 Athens

This shop in the center of Athens is specialized in puzzles for all ages. The inventory includes more than 3000 puzzle boxes of well know brands such as: Clementoni, Schmidt, Heye and Educa.



Useful links


Athinorama

Athinorama is a weekly magazine published in Greek that contains all events and happenings in Athens. Their website contains a dedicated page for children events.






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5 comments:

  1. Nice fun ideas!! The 'Interactive Science and Technology Exhibition hall' in the The Eugenides Foundation, is worth visiting as well.

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  2. Very grateful for this info Thanks Sydney Aus

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